Starting from June 26, the 8 episodes of Westworld‘s Season 4 aired weekly until August 14, when the final episode of the season aired. So, do we have to wait for another 2 years for Westworld Season 5, or did the showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy decide to call it quits after 6 years?
Here is everything we know about Westworld Season 5, followed by answers to some of the most asked questions about the series, such as what it’s based on and its timeline.
Westworld Season 5 Release Date
As of now, there is no news about neither a cancelation nor a renewal. The renewal news for the previous seasons usually came weeks after the premiere of the seasons. For instance, the show was renewed for a 3rd season only 8 days after the premiere of Season 2. However, the renewal news for Season 4 came a month after the Season 3 premiere. So, considering the latest season premiere at the end of June, we should have already heard HBO’s plans about the series’ future. It’s been almost 2 months, and the situation seems unusual, reviewing the show’s past.
Can this be related to the decrease in the show’s ratings? Unfortunately, as the seasons progressed, the viewership numbers for the show dropped substantially. For example, the final episode of Season 1 was watched by 2.2 million viewers on the day it aired, but with Season 2, the number dropped to 1.5 million. With Season 3, the numbers fell below a million and became 888k viewers, and Season 4 saw it deteriorating to 391k viewers. All in all, HBO might be seriously considering the fate of Westworld Season 5 right now.
Suppose you’re wondering when we could actually watch the 5th season if the show gets renewed. Well, that’s easy because the series seems to follow a 2-years-long break in between seasons, and the same schedule was followed for every season in the past, with Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4 coming out in October-December 2016, April-June 2018, March-May 2020, and June-August 2022, respectively. It is safe to say that, once it gets the green light, Westworld Season 5 release date would be between September and October 2024.
Is Westworld a true story?
Westworld is a dystopian sci-fi mystery drama and is not a true story. The series is actually based on a 1973 movie of the same name, written and directed by Michael Crichton, and the movie’s sequel Futureworld (1976), directed by Richard T. Heffron and written by Mayo Simon and George Schenck.
What time period is Westworld set in?
Westworld’s timeline is one of the show’s most important and complicated aspects. In all seasons, we see past, present, and the future altogether, which forms their own maze, to be honest. We could date the important events shown in the series, though. For example, between 2012 and 2014, Robert Ford and Arnold Weber form the Argos Initiative, and Arnold builds Dolores, Delos’ 1st host. In 2015, we see Dolores kill Arnold, on Arnold’s instructions.
Between 2022 and 2027, we see Logan and William taking their train to Westworld, where William meets Dolores for the 1st time. These are the same years Dolores realizes who she is and the lies she has been told. Between 2032 and 2041, Robert Ford recreates Arnold as a host. In 2051, we see Man in Black (William) hosting a party, after which his wife Juliet commits suicide. This is the same year when Maeve is in distress of the death of her daughter, and the technician cannot bring her out of that state, so he deletes her memories and puts her in sleep mode. However, Maeve wakes up and stabs herself in the neck.
The following year, 2053, is when most events of the 1st season take place, where we see Dolores and Teddy going through their loop and Man in Black coming and killing Teddy, dragging Dolores into the barn. This is also the year when Maze learns about the park and wants to run away, and Dolores kills Ford. The events of Season 3 take place around the year 2060 and Season 4 around 2080.